Wigan will be hoping to continue their excellent home form following Tuesday night’s win over Hull, whereas Bristol City are aiming to recover after they were on the wrong end of a goal fest at the Hawthorns.
Wigan are playing with a lot of confidence across the pitch, with Josh Windass, Will Grigg and Nick Powell linking up well going forwards, the former of the three having scored his first Wigan goal in the previous match. It will be a surprise to see Paul Cook change anything going forwards. The return of Michael Jacobs was also a welcome one out wide giving the team some pace.
Also strong on the flanks, was full back Reece James, who played as an advanced winger for much of the game against Hull, providing several dangerous crosses that were inches away from being converted. The defence will have to be somewhat more disciplined against a Bristol City side that has had no trouble converting in recent games. Centre backs, Kipre and Dunkley were particularly guilty of giving the ball away in dangerous areas. These are mistakes that Wigan got away with against a fairly toothless Tigers side, but they might not be so lucky against a promotion seeking Bristol.
Sam Morsy’s red card was rescinded just in time for the Hull clash and it payed dividends when it was the captain’s long-distance drive that put the Latics ahead. The return of Darron Gibson might tempt Cook to make a change in midfield though, as Evans and Morsy ran themselves into the ground towards the end against Hull, playing a brilliant pressing game to alleviate any worries of a fightback.
James Kipre Dunkley Robinson
Powell Jacobs Windass
Wigan 2-2 Bristol City
Wigan’s home form has so far been impressive, taking 10 points from a possible 12 at the DW. Bristol will provide their sternest test so far at home though and last weeks Brentford game showed that Wigan’s defence struggles against quality opposition. With Bristol shipping a few goals at the back as well, there could easily be goals either way, making this a tough one to call.
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